West Virginia University’s annual FallFest concert will be held Tuesday, Aug.15, on the Evansdale Rec Fields adjacent to the Student Rec Center. The show begins at 5 p.m. and will include performances by Cage the Elephant, 21 Savage and RL Grime. Cage the Elephant will close the show. FallFest is free and open to WVU Students only. Students must present their valid WVU Student ID to enter. Gates open at 4 p.m.
Alternative rockers Cage the Elephant – Matt Shultz (vocals), Brad Shultz (guitar), Daniel Tichenor (bass) and Jared Champion (drums) may hail from Bowling Green, Kentucky, but their first step to fame came from chart success in England, where they had relocated before the release of their first album. The band has since released six albums. Cage the Elephant’s self-titled debut album garnered both commercial and critical success and the band earned a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album for 2016’s “Tell Me I’m Pretty.” Their latest release, “Unpeeled,” is their second live album and chronicles a series of intimate, stripped-down performances that the band played earlier this year.
Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage began his career as a member of the Slaughtergang. Honored by XXL magazine as with a mention on their 2016 Freshman Class list, 21 recently performed at Lollapalooza 2017. His collaboration with producer Metro Boomin, “Savage Mode,” has been called one of the most gripping rap records of this decade. This album launched 21 from the hip-hop underground to the hip-hop limelight. 21 dropped his “Issa Album” last month. Complex Music.com describes the record as “at turns brash and thoughtful, pop and serrated” and says it allows the rapper to reveal himself as a dynamic vocalist. Critics praise 21’s disarmingly slow flow, calling it “laconic in a way that implies tension and takes care with each syllable.”
Los Angeles-based DJ/producer RL Grime combines electro, hip-hop, drum ‘n’ bass and other styles for his intense productions. His live performances have been celebrated as an unparalleled force, making him the new darling of dance. Grime has graced the biggest festival stages worldwide, including Coachella in Los Angeles, Lollapalooza in Buenos Aires and STORM in Shanghai.
FallFest is free to WVU students with valid WVU student IDs, which will be scanned at the gates. Students are encouraged to check with Mountaineer Card Services to be sure their IDs are working properly. WVU students are permitted one guest age 17 or older.
Gates will open at 4 p.m. and the concert is expected to conclude at 9:30 p.m. Gates will be located Towers PRT station exit and on Rec Center Drive between the Student Rec Center and the CPASS building. WVU Students with guests may enter any gate. Guests must enter with their accompanying WVU Student and be prepared to show proof of age.
Buses will run continuously between the Mountainlair and the Evansdale Residential Complex from 4 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. The PRT will run until 10:15 p.m. Free parking will be available beginning at 3 p.m. in WVU Short Term Lot ST9 across from the Art Museum and in WVU Short Term Lot ST1 off Patteson Drive.
This is an alcohol-free event. Legal beverages will not be available for purchase. Concert-goers should note that no smoking will be permitted in accordance with WVU’s tobacco-free campus policy. No purses, backpacks, or bags of any kind will be permitted inside the FallFest gates. Glow sticks and selfie sticks are also prohibited. As an additional safety measure, all concert-goers will be subject to a random security check and wanding before entering the gates.
FallFest is a rain-or-shine event and is produced by WVU Arts & Entertainment. For additional event information, call 304.293.SHOW (7469) or visit events.wvu.edu. Stay connected with the latest event updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by following @wvuevents.
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